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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Winter comes early in Alaska, so we release Alaskan Winter Ale in October. The tender new growth of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s when explorers sailed the coast of Alaska looking for the Northwest Passage. Alaskan Brewing revives this tradition, adding spruce tips to its Alaskan Winter Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1663) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pours a darker amber color with off white head and a decent amount of it. Dark fruits on the nose initially, with some pine as well (probably the spruce they are talking about). You can definitely get a woody character on the palate with this one. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: finger white head, amber color, clear, no lacing. Aroma: wheat, malt, spruce. Palate: very dry finish, light body, average to lively carbonation, light alcoholic texture. Taste: very sweet, light bitterness on end. Overall, poor balance and nothing notable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4198) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma is grains, mild vinous notes and a hint of tobacco. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, mild spruce overtones, a hint of vinous qualities and a mix of sweetness and slight heat in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle. Light smoky toffee malt and spruce aroma. Amber with minimal head. Sweet, lactic caramel malt flavor. Pretty good but mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2458) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from 99 Bottles (Federal Way, WA). Sweet, lightly spiced nose. Pretty copper color. A bock-like initial / candy and Coca-Cola and brown sugar in mid -- the spruce tips add a little spicy note here / balanced sweetish finish. Medium body. Nice enough. Could use a little more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle from Windy City. Pours attractive light orange colour, with almost no head. Sweet aroma, too sweet cold. At warmer temperature you can pick out of the syrup from herb and spruce. More spruce, sir!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4390) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle: Clear, bubbly, amber-orange with a thin soapy, head. Caramel/toffee aroma....herbals... Taste is cola, sweet toffee with a pleasant, evergreen, cooling tone. Pine/Spruce/Menthol. Very nice....a little different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hiero (129) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Spicy flavor with a somewhat light body for a winter ale. Interesting taste on the front, but a little watery on the finish. If you want a drinkable winter ale, this is pretty good. If you want a full-flavored thick body, then try something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drdavidk (1) - - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Happened upon this beer last Thanksgiving 2012. fFound this beer to be surprisingly tasty , unique, and hard to find. Looking forward to this years batch for 2013-14! Purchased an ample supply only to find the taste falling short of our previous experience. Greatly disappointed by lack of flavor and seemed flat, "like left over from last years beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkabilly1970 (3) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
A mixture of cola and spruce flavors. One of the more unique beers that I have tried. A new favorite for me, at least in the snowy winter months.

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